Homeland's Damian Lewis and Downton Abbey's Dame Maggie Smith win Emmy awards

Damian Lewis holds up the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series
Damian Lewis holds up the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

Dame Maggie Smith has picked up an Emmy award for her portrayal of the grand Dowager Countess of Grantham in TV hit Downton Abbey.

The veteran star saw off competition from her co-star Joanna Froggatt, who plays domestic servant Anna, to win the prize for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.

Dame Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

British actor Damian Lewis hailed a "golden age" of television as he scooped an award for his portrayal of an American soldier in hit show Homeland.Lewis won Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role as a US soldier who is saved from a hostage situation in the Middle East, but sparks the suspicions of the FBI who think he may have been "turned" and could present a terrorist threat on home soil.

What an extraordinary honour to be in a category with these golden actors setting a gold standard in acting in a golden age of TV.

The cast that I work with who are delightful and enjoyable to dine with but especially to the two ladies who've suffered me the most, Claire Danes and Marina Baccarin. You're both beautiful and it's enjoyable working with you, every minute of it.

– Damian Lewis

Claire Danes, who plays a bipolar CIA agent on "Homeland" also wonoutstanding lead actress, as widely expected, after taking a Golden Globe for the role earlier this year.

Claire Danes won won best actress for her role in Homeland Credit: Reuters

Homeland won the Emmy Award for best drama, breaking the stranglehold in the category held by Mad Men.

Mad Men was seeking its record fifth straight Emmy, but was beaten by the Showtime drama starring Danes as a CIA agent and Lewis as her investigation target.

Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter and Brendan Coyle from Downtown Abbey Credit: Reuters

Downton Abbey actors Brendan Coyle, who plays valet John Bates, and Jim Carter, who plays the butler Carson, both missed out on Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series.

BBC's Sherlock stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman also were surpassed on Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Mini-series Or A Movie respectively.

Downtown Abbey's Michelle Dockery Credit: Reuters

Screen veteran Emma Thompson, who was nominated for her performance in The Song of Lunch was beaten to the award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Mini-series Or A Movie by Hollywood actress Julianne Moore, who won the prize for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in Game Change.


Congratulations to Dame Maggie Smith for winning the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama #Emmy award. #downton http://t.co/KkijmhWf

Key winners:

  • SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family"
  • ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
  • ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE: Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
  • BEST REALITY TV PROGRAM: "Undercover Boss"
  • BEST REALITY SHOW HOST: Tom Bergeron, "Dancing with the Stars"
  • BEST VARIETY SERIES: "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
  • BEST WRITING, DRAMA SERIES: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, "Homeland"